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  • OT; How to Destroy an Online Forum

    Take a forum with a large active membership, operated with a known proven support platform (vBulletin).

    Allow the platform to fall into disrepair and poor performance by not investing in hardware and software maintenance and upgrades.

    When the system threatens to die, hire an outside company to design a new independent forum platform. And don't get any input from known gurus in the industry on it. Tout it as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Try to force it on the membership.

    When that bombs, quietly annnounce an "upgrade" back to vBulletin, but don't really upgrade anything.

    Again allow the platform to fall into disrepair and poor performance by not investing in hardware and software maintenance and upgrades.

    Once more, when the system begins to go into death throes, farm the forum operation out to another independent forum hosting service, offering only a small fraction of the functionality that the original software did. And in the meantime, make the transition for members as difficult as possible, by requiring re-registering, which requires the intervention of moderators or administrators, all of whom are far too busy to respond in any timely manner.

    And all this while, do not keep the membership adequately informed on what is happening and why it is happening.

    Have a nice day. cool.gif

    Attached Files
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    Wondering where all the voices of dissent went?...
    http://www.harmonycentral.com/forum/...ty-voice/rants
    When this place craters check this out...
    http://village.melodyvine.com/forum/

  • #2

    Agreed. Fortunately, there is an alternative:

    http://www.guitarampboard.com/forum/index.php?sid=bb312818fe9c652749fb25f5ef1af737

    I don't play a lot of fancy guitar. I don't want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks.
    ~ John Lee Hooker

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    • #3

      An appropriately jaded and sarcastic playwrite could not create a sadder, more apochyliptic demise.

      I guess the only thing left is to give it  a title:

       

      DEATH OF A SALESTOOL

      WAITING FOR GODIN

      A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

       

       

      Just put'm in a blender and come up with the title...some internet historian will write the rest.

       

      Blind Doc Jones' Pickles....Cures What Ails Ya

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      • Opa John
        Opa John commented
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        I'd say you covered all the bases there, FF. I can't think of anything you overlooked. .png" alt=":smileywink:" title="Smiley Wink" />


    • #4
      Oh no, the fowum is bwoke. Call a wambulance.

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      • #5
        Get over it.

        The old AG forum was crap anyway.

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        • #6

          Emoticons can be expressive. This one's for you Neal.****************-emoticon.gif

          Attached Files
          __________________________________________________ _________
          Wondering where all the voices of dissent went?...
          http://www.harmonycentral.com/forum/...ty-voice/rants
          When this place craters check this out...
          http://village.melodyvine.com/forum/

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          • Neal
            Neal commented
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            Thanks man! Is that a burning teepee?

        • #7
          There once was an acoustic guitar forum
          That had a composite sense of decorum
          When the bridge pins get flying
          and the tone woods are lying
          It's business as usual for 'em

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          • poppytater
            poppytater commented
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            The forum is fine



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